Every month it’s fun to look back and see which of the articles I published that month had the most views.
Not only does this bring me some joy to see what people actually want to read but it can serve as analysis for future articles and making sure I’m writing what you guys want to be reading.
The majority of my traffic comes from Google as opposed to my social media channels so this is often what people are searching too.
Therefore, below I have listed the top five most-read articles I posted in October. This isn’t a list of every article I have on my blog as this would likely stay the same. However, I do often post these statistics whenever they highlight any interesting trends, so make sure to search @lukesblog1 on your preferred platform to follow me!
Anyway, let’s get into the latest set of articles that you guys are reading.
Below is the full list of five as well as an extract from the article itself to give you an idea as to what it’s about. There’s then a link to the article itself as well as a link to the book if it’s a review of a book.
5. The Return of the Knights by Gregory Kontaxis book review
“The Return of the Knights starts off a little questionable but eventually finds its rhythm and becomes a fantastic debut epic fantasy novel from Gregory Kontaxis. It has epic battles, politics, mythical creatures, likeable characters and a plot that will keep you reading to find out what happens. Its strongest element though is its world-building which develops so naturally that at times you don’t even realise you’re learning anything more. I know there’s a prequel novella coming out which I’m keen to read and find out more about this world. The Return of the Knights is a strong recommend for any fantasy fans!”
4. Babel by R.F. Kuang book review
“I desperately wanted to love Babel, so much of the premise of it is something I’d be interested in usually: historical fiction, fantasy elements and some deep characters with a story that covers many years. However, the flip in the plot from mystery and intrigue to a simple political revolt didn’t do it for me. Yes, there are still some great moments that brought my immersion back in but it just wasn’t enough. I know this book is much-loved but I suppose there has to be someone who doesn’t think it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread. I liked it a lot, I just didn’t love it.”
3. The Mysterious Case of the Alperton Angels by Janice Hallett book review
“When I rate books these days, I don’t give any book a five star as I just cannot bring myself to tell somebody that a book is perfect because that would suggest it would be a book that every single person that reads it would like it. However, The Mysterious Case of the Alperton Angels may be the closest I’d ever come to giving a book five stars. It absolutely masters characters, giving them such deep personalities and a bloody brilliant plot that is so engaging and is always throwing twists and turns at you right until the very end. If you read one book from my blog, I think this may be the one I’d say read first. It. Is. A. Masterpiece.”
2. The four books I read in September 2023
“As I said in the opening paragraph, this month may not have been the most populated but the final book I read this month, The Mysterious Case of the Alperton Angels may well go on to be one of the best books I read this year. It was utterly fantastic.
Hostage impressed me with some unique chapters written from the viewpoint of anonymous passengers.
Supersize Island was also a great read and felt like what would happen if Jurassic Park had a sense of humour. It’s quite goofy but there is an interesting deeper storyline here that takes it to a slightly better level.”
1. The Top 10 Most-Read Books on Goodreads – number two might surprise you!
“I went ahead and looked up the top ten most-rated books on Goodreads, these are the fiction books that have received the most amount of reviews – simple.
The list itself features some obvious inclusions but then there are some very interesting books in here as well as some enormous books I’m surprised aren’t in this list.
What I’ve done is exclude any books that are part of a series (because let’s not lie, it would all be Harry Potter, ha). So these are the top ten most-rated books from different series (as of October 2023 anyway).”
I always love to see an article at the top of my most-read list that isn’t a book review as it means an original idea I had actually came into fruition. Now, in this instance I wrote that with a caveat that I had actually seen someone do this on TikTok – though my list ended up coming out slightly different to theirs as it was more recent.
It’s also great to see that my review for The Mysterious Case of the Alperton Angels featured on the list as it is one of my favourite books of the year and this has been felt when I posted it to social.
If you’re a blogger, what were your most read articles from the month? If you’re not a blogger, which of the above articles did you read or will you be reading? let me know in the comments below or by tagging me on social media @lukesblog1.